With colder temperatures quickly approaching, you may have already begun heating your home for the season. However, it is important to make sure that you are heating your home efficiently. Here are six tips to help you save on your heating bill this winter.
1. Change Your Air Filters
This is one of the most simple things that you can do to keep your heating system running smoothly. A clogged or dirty filter causes your HVAC system to work harder and increases your energy costs. Having clean filters means that your unit is more efficient and that your indoor air is cleaner. Ideally, you should change your filter at the beginning of every season, but refer to your HVAC manufacturers manual for guidelines.
2. Sealing Your Home
You can add caulk or weatherstripping to leaky windows or doors to prevent warm air from escaping your home. Keeping your curtains open on south-facing windows during the day will provide natural heat from the sun. At night, it is best to keep curtains closed to keep heat inside.
3. Heating Your Home Efficiently with a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are an easy tool for heating your home efficiently. You can program these thermostats to increase or decrease the temperature setting based on your schedule. For example, when you are at work or sleeping, you can set the thermostat to a cooler temperature than times when you are at home. You could even invest in a smart thermostat, which makes the heating and cooling decisions for you, based on when it knows the home is occupied.
If you are supplementing heating your home with a fireplace, check the seal around your fireplace. If there are gaps around the edges of the fireplace surround, apply caulk as needed to prevent loss of heat. You also want to install a heat-air exchange system that will blow warm air back into the room.
5. Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can be helpful with heating your home efficiently when they are rotating in the right direction. Warm air rises naturally, so use your fans to push that warm air back down. In the winter, reverse the motor so that the blades turn in a clockwise position. This way the blades will pull cool air up and create an updraft that pushes warm air down.
6.Thermal Imaging Inspection
You can schedule a thermal imaging inspection with a local home inspector to discover areas of your home that need more insulation or need to be sealed. A thermal imaging camera detects areas of heat loss in your home by displaying the thermal temperatures of surfaces. Once you find out where you are losing heat around your home, or where cold air is getting in, you can make the necessary improvements for heating your home efficiently.